Recycling provides direct, tangible benefits to your community and your environment. The business of recycling creates jobs, spurs investment and sparks innovation. Environmentally, it conserves natural resources, saves energy, and reduces pollution. The EPA estimates that 75% of our waste is recyclable – 75%! That’s a lot of power to do good, right in your hands, just by choosing the right bin and occasionally, thinking outside the bin.
What Happens to My Recycling?
It’s a familiar refrain; the engine rumbles, the brakes hiss and the contents clatter and clang as they join their brethren in the hopper of the truck. But did you ever wonder – WHERE DOES IT GO?
Behind the Scenes – Single Stream Recycling in Boulder County
Single-stream (commingled) recycling material collected from your home or business by Western is taken directly to the Boulder County Recycling Center for processing. Follow your single stream recycling as it makes its epic journey towards its second (or perhaps third or fourth) life.
Thinking Outside The Bin
Improved creativity, emotional release, sharpened focus, greater productivity, lower stress – these are some of the many benefits documented by experts who advocate dealing with our clutter. So let’s say you’ve committed to your psychological cleansing by getting rid of the “noise” of your stuff. Here’s what to do with it.
On craigslist, ebay, facebook or at a yard sale. Consignment exploded with the Great Recession and seems to be here to stay – give it a try, it’s fun!
That old dryer that still works? Your daughter’s friend who just got married could probably use it, and would probably come pick it up. Ditto for that couch.
There are a seemingly endless number of charitable and non-profit organizations using thrift outlets to support their missions. Well known are Salvation Army and Goodwill, but there are opportunities to benefit local hospice care, Habitat for Humanity and Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
Recycle It. At the Western Trash & Recycle Center (fees may apply):
Scrap metal: Including appliances, water heaters, bicycles – any and all metal
Clean wood waste and yard waste: Bring us your pallets or clean, unfinished dimensional lumber and yard waste and we’ll grind it into mulch.
At the Center for Hard to Recycle Material (fees may apply): Hard plastics, foam blocks, yoga mats, books, textiles and a whole lot more. Click here for information and pricing.
At Resource: Building and landscape salvage. Caution: you may come home with more than you dropped off!
Household hazardous waste: If the label says toxic, combustible, poisonous, corrosive – you get the picture, don’t put it in the trash. Boulder County’s Household Hazardous Waste Management Facility is convenient and free to residents.
Exhausted all your options and it’s going to the landfill? Call us at (303) 444-2037 to arrange a pick up or drop it off at our Trash & Recycle Center.